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A Walk on Lou Reed’s Side

In Video Review on August 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

By Maury Z. Levy

“Your mother!” Suzanne screamed. You could hardly hear her. The sound system at The Ritz, a rock club on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, had all the definition of a speeding A train and all the subtlety of David Lee Roth. Tonight, the bass was booming so much that the balcony started to shake. It didn’t seem to bother most of the 3,000 people who 
crammed the place as they pushed up the steps to the main dance 
floor, right past the sign that said: “Legal Occupancy: 1527.”

Suzanne, a wild-looking blonde who seemed significantly less than 
21, was stuffed into a very short black dress without a back. There 
was clearly no room for underwear. Her friend George wore a 
T-shirt that said: “In Lou We Trust.” They had come, by bridges 
and tunnels, all the way from Brooklyn, Lou Reed’s home 
borough, in the hope they would enjoy the show.

“Your mother!” Suzanne screamed to George. “She said this 
was her favorite song when she was our age! This guy must have 
been around forever!”

Lou Reed, who has been around a few times, and then around 
again, is on stage wearing a black leather vest (the night is too hot 
for his black leather jacket) and a Harley-Davidson T-shirt. He is 
singing the song that made him what he is today—an enigma.

Holly came from Miami, F-L-A

Hitchhiked her way across the U-S-A

Plucked her eyebrows along the way

Then he shaved his legs and then he was a she I say, hey babe

Take a walk on the wild side .. .

The show went on for hours. Lou Reed, who sings like a 
songwriter, did the old stuff and the new stuff. He very 
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